Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 12/30/2021

Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 12/30/2021

This Week in Worship

Facilitated by: Joe Ayoub

Worship Associates: Joe Ayoub, Tom Kemp & Amy Kavadlo

Music: Tim Steele

Audio: Brynne Mershon

This will be a hybrid service. You are welcome to join us in the Meetinghouse (masks required for those over 5 years old and childcare will be available). If you prefer, you are welcome to join us via Zoom.

Please see the zoom link below. Please log in at 10:20, to give some lead time for the service at 10:30. You will be muted, but you can communicate through the chat box. If you do not have zoom on your computer, please download it ahead of time. It is free.

Revised Safety Policies

As we enter the winter months, the Parish Committee has approved some changes to our safety policy, as recommended by the Phased ReOpening task group in collaboration with RE leadership and the Hospitality committee. These changes accommodate some indoor activities during cold winter weather months. We expect these changes to be in effect through March. Updated guidelines are posted at the top of our church website homepage for easy reference. If you have questions about these guidelines contact Tracey Robinson (email is best: or contact Rev Lisa Ward.

Rev. Lisa is on vacation this week and will return to the office Tuesday, January 4th.

Religious Exploration

Due to the surge in COVID, holiday travel and the varying availability of tests, there will be no in person Religious Explorations class on Sunday morning January 2nd. The plan is to resume in person class on 9 January.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our outdoor, family friendly all ages, Christmas Pageant. And thank you to all who attended. Together we made moving and magical evening.

Happy New Year to all!

Molly B. Nolan, Transitional Director of Religious Education

Music Selections

For this Sunday, as we mark the beginning of the new year, Daon Drisdom will be presenting a solo by the prestigious African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork with a text by Rev. Randolph W.B. Becker, “Into a Time”. The words tell us that “into a time of turmoil, we bring our sense of peace”.  Claudia Wellington will also be singing “Auld Lang Syne”.

Staff Holiday Break

Rev. Lisa Ward-out of office 12/25 thru 01/03/2022


Molly Nolan, RE Director- out of town December 28 through January 3. Reachable by email at or cell 860-893-4818.

Table of Contents

News, Announcements and Meetings

1. Social and Environmental Justice News & Events

2.Aging Together Announcement

3.Milton Community Concerts

4.UU Urban Ministry Architecture Serie

News from S & EJ Committee

11th Hour Calling” – Monthly Stand Out for Climate Action

Tuesday, January 11, 6-6:30 p.m. [Rain/Snow: Wed. 1/12] 

First Parish Church lawn ~ Gather round the spotlight

Show up and show that we care about the climate emergency, environmental justice, and Milton’s municipal response planning. For safety: flashlights / headlamps / light-colored or reflective clothing. For impact: signage / posters and noise makers (be creative). We welcome all — it’s energizing — bring friends and neighbors!

Mainspring Lunch Bag Program

Next date is Wednesday, January 5th

. The Sign up Genius has the Wednesday dates listed- you can sign up now!

 If you require more information or have questions please contact Peter Schneider at

Fair Foods is a non-profit program that rescues fresh produce that would otherwise be wasted and uses it to feed our communities. We volunteer together unloading and sorting food and packing bags once a month.

The next volunteer date is Saturday, January 8th

If you want to volunteer, please sign up on Sign up Genius by Thursday

evening before the event. Start time and locations vary depending on Fair Foods’ needs, but typically start at 8:30 a.m. at their warehouse at 70 Amory Street in Roxbury.

Sign up here!

Other volunteer opportunities are also available at Fair Foods on weekdays from early morning until mid-afternoon.

Any questions or for more information contact Tony Dutzik at


FP’s Aging Together Group, now in its third year, would welcome up to five new members at its February meeting. We meet on Zoom the second Wednesday of the month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A typical meeting consists of a check in, the discussion of a previously agreed on topic, and a life story from one of our members. We are (loosely) retirement age and up. If you would like to join us, or have questions, please contact Penny or Chris ( Openings will be filled in the order in which we hear from you.

Milton Community Concerts is now offering the opportunity between now and December 31st to view any of the live stream concerts from this past year for free. Just go to the website to find the link, and to donate to the concert series if you are so moved. You will also find a listing of upcoming concerts for 2021-22.

“Do you love our historic meeting house?? This is a program for you!! For those interested in old Boston churches, architecture, and the Urban Ministry, zoom on in!”

The Treasures of the Meetinghouse series

Episode 3

January 10th 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

In the third installment of the “Treasures of the Meetinghouse” series, William Cheney, Executive Director of the Willard House & Clock Museum, to discuss the many historic clocks on both the exterior and interior of First Roxbury Church.

link for more information


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Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Other times by appointment


Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Other times by appointment

The Church office is closed on Fridays

Sundays through mid June

  • Worship, 9:30 am in the Meetinghouse
  • Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am

SIGN UP GENIUS (formerly known as the Planner)

The link to SignUp Genius is:

You can sign up for one our our Sunday volunteer positions.